J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge benefits charities for 35th year
Jul 17, 2012
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is the world’s largest corporate race series, bringing together hundreds of thousands of runners in 13 cities on five continents.
Now in its 35th year, the Corporate Challenge has become a symbol of camaraderie, philanthropy and environmental stewardship. Both competitive and leisure runners participate as part of a corporate team and a portion of the runners’ entry fees is donated to local charities. In recent years, a new focus for the Corporate Challenge has emerged entitled Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow as the firm aims to implement the greenest road race in each city.
Team J.P. Morgan, the firm’s global employee engagement and volunteerism program, also encourages employees to race for personally meaningful causes.
Through Team J.P. Morgan’s Race for Charity Challenge, employees running in the 2012 Corporate Challenge races in Singapore, Chicago and New York City competed as a team in one of three categories – all men, all women or mixed teams of two men and two women – for a chance to raise awareness and funds for their favorite charities. In each city, the fastest team of each category received $5,000 to donate to their selected charity.
The 2012 Race for Charity organizations have made meaningful contributions in the areas of children’s education, research and treatment of debilitating health conditions, poverty alleviation, animal protection and the empowerment of the elderly and disabled persons.
In April, the Singapore race surpassed the 14,000 threshold for a record number of participants. The official race beneficiaries included Mainly I Love Kids, Operation Smile and Give Singapore.
Through the Race for Charity employees were able to make additional donations to the London-based St Luke’s Hospital, Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe and the Singapore chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Chicago race in May drew over 23,000 participants from 628 companies to benefit the Greater Chicago chapter of the American Red Cross and Chicago Run.
As part of the Race for Charity Challenge, three charities, As Good As Gold, a dog-rescue organization, By the Hand Club for Kids, which helps children from under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago and St. Jude’s Children Hospital, will each receive a donation.
New York City
New York City’s dual races over two days in June attracted a sell-out crowd of over 30,000 runners in Central Park to benefit the Central Park Conservancy. The Conservancy restores, manages and enhances the park in partnership with private donors and the public.
In addition to the firm’s donation, the Race for Charity winners donated their award to three global charities – the International Family Aids Project - Summer Camp of Clinica De Familia, which hosts camps in the Dominican Republic for children and adolescents who are HIV positive to learn sports, nature, life, art and music skills, the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and FreeArtsNYC, which provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to build confidence and resiliency.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge races continue to attract all levels of runners in cities across the globe. Additional races are scheduled for the remainder of 2012 in London, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai and Sydney. Learn more at J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge